Every February for the past 52 years, organizers in Sacramento, California, have presented a unique hot rod, custom car, and custom truck show called Autorama. Organized by Hot Rod Shows and Dan Cyr Enterprises, this years show was hosted by Les Schwab Tires, Folsom Auto Mall, and Ralphs Super Markets.
The 02 Autorama has a distinct heritage for a number of prestigious awards. Theyre called the Big B Awards and include the H. A. Bagdasarian Worlds most Beautiful Custom, the Sam Barris award (won this year by Richard Zocci), the Joe Bailon Award (won by John and Kathy DAgostino), and the Dick Bertolucci Award. These Best of the Best awards, and many other class awards, are the foundation for one of the West Coasts most entertaining automotive events.
Autorama was originally organized by the young World War II veterans who formed the Thunderbolts Car Club. The first show was held at the local Capitol Chevrolet showroom to settle a dispute between two club members over who had the best car. Interestingly, there were 26 cars in the first show and neither of the two cars in question was selected for top honors.
Over the years, Autorama has become the gemstone in the auto activities around the Central California area. Five separate buildings held this years Autorama, and each one had a little something for everyone, young or old, while maintaining high standards for quality and craftsmanship in the various classes.
Since we focus on American-made vintage trucks, well show some of the colorful ones caught on film for your viewing pleasure.